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Wednesday November 1, 2017

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think about New Zealanders celebrating Halloween?

Barbara Sandom, Johnsonville “I have been in America twice for Halloween and it’s great. It’s not about candies but about families”

Dagmara Smith, Johnsonville “I like Halloween because I lived in the States. It’s great for kids, as long as they are supervised.”

Emma Dyke, Johnsonville “I don’t really think there is purpose to it; it is just an excuse to eat lollies, drink and dress inappropriately.”

Janis Sneddon, Johnsonville “I don’t believe it’s a proper tradition. I suppose, a bit of fantasy is good for children. As long as it’s managed well, it’s all good.”

Harry Burnard, Khandallah “I don’t really care about Halloween; I don’t celebrate it.”

Alexandra Rumbal, Tawa “I’m ok with it as long as it doesn’t become as big as it is in America.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville the garage of a house in Earp Street was entered and a mountain bike was stolen. The washing line located in front of a house in Bassett Road was damaged and a rubbish bin was tipped out in the garden. The basement of a house in Fraser Avenue was entered. The padlocks on the door were removed but there are no details of anything being stolen. Also in Fraser Avenue two

CCTV camera units were stolen from the front of a house and an exterior light smashed. In Tarawera Road a house left locked and secure was found later with the back door open and a window partially open. During the same time frame a silver Nissan vehicle parked nearby in Tarawera Road was damaged in an attempted breakin. In Newlands a moped left inse-

cure overnight outside a garage in Ruskin Road was stolen. A small shed located at the rear of a house under construction in Miles Crescent was broken into by removing a panel at the back of the shed. A lawn mower, a hedge and line trimmer, a circular saw, a drop saw and a mountain bike were stolen. A newly constructed house in Promontory Crescent was

broken into via a jemmied side window. Other jemmy marks were found on a bathroom window frame and the person door of the garage. This is a vacant show home. Nothing was stolen. A house still under construction in Cessna Way was entered after intruders smashed a lock box and broke through a chain. Mobile scaffolding was stolen.

A blue Toyota Wish parked briefly near Dennis Duggan Park was broken into via a smashed left rear quarter light window. A medical kit was stolen. In Ngaio a silver Toyota Camry parked overnight on the road in Waikowhai Street had its left rear quarter light window smashed in an attempt to gain access. The alarm was activated and the offender quickly left the scene in a vehicle.

Former deer hunter finds home at Huntleigh Deer hunter, lecturer, skier, rifleman, farmer – Duncan Amos’ life trajectory has been nothing if not unique. “It has been a bit different, I guess,” he says. The Karori elder, who moved in to Enliven’s Huntleigh Home in June, has always lived life to the fullest. It’s an approach to life he shared with his children and late wife, Molly. “Molly was a spectacular woman. We actually met during a ski trip. I joined the Aorangi Ski Club when she was on the committee and then I ended up on the committee too. Then…wedding bells!” he says. Originally a professional deer hunter, Duncan became an engineering lecturer after ex-soldiers began moving in to the hunting profession in the 1950s. “I was just a scrawny guy and once I saw these big men coming back through, I knew I needed to find myself another line of work!” The accomplished gunman channeled his skills into amateur rifling instead and ended up representing New Zealand twice. When the couple retired, they moved to a farm in Levin but ended up in Karori after Molly’s health declined. “With the family living 100 kilometers away, we decided it was better to be somewhere nice and central like Karori where we could all be together,” explains Duncan. Enliven’s Huntleigh Home, which offers rest home and hospital care, short-term respite and health recovery care as well as a day programme, provided the support they needed and since Molly’s passing, Duncan says the staff at the Enliven home have also been vital in helping him adjust to life

without her. “We were together for sixty years so it has been very hard for me, but the staff here have all been so lovely and friendly. I really do love the people here. I like to take the mickey a bit when I see them sometimes and try to crack a few jokes!” Huntleigh Home and Apartments manager Tim Levchenko-Scott says supporting elders like Duncan is what Enliven is all about. “We’re passionate about genuinely connecting with elders and helping them live their best life. It’s a core part of the Enliven philosophy, which we take very seriously.”  To find out more about Enliven visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz. You can also call Huntleigh Home directly on 04 464 2020. PBA

Duncan Amos sits in the sun at Enliven’s Huntleigh Home in Karori. He says the staff have been very supportive since he moved there in June.

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